Dallas Landscape and Tree Ordinances - - Philip Erwin, Dallas Chief Arborist



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“Examine each question in terms of what is ethically and aesthetically right, as well as what is economically expedient. A thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability, and beauty of the biotic community. It is wrong when it tends otherwise.”   - Aldo Leopold

The City of Dallas landscape zoning ordinance originated on March 1, 1986 under Chapter 51.  On April 25, 1990, the City Council passed a resolution 'to support the protection and preservation of trees across the city.'  The amended current version of the landscape ordinance under Chapter 51A, attached to a new tree preservation ordinance, became effective on May 25, 1994. There have been a few amendments to the three divisions of Article X (General, Landscape, and Tree Preservation, Removal and Replacement) in the years since its inception.  On June 27, 2018, the Dallas City Council unanimously approved the Article X Landscaping and Urban Forest Conservation ordinances.  It is in effect as of July 2, 2018.

The demonstration of the ordinance here is intended solely for educational purposes. This is not an official city website. Through this review or ordinances, the intent is to assist the reader in understanding existing city code as well as presenting different concepts and other ordinances for thought.  Comments and discussions presented in these pages in no way represent the official position of the City of Dallas or of the opinion of the director or building official.  These are general statements and presentations to provide objective public background into the current ordinance and to demonstrate some opinions made by various parties since 2006.  It also presents on several pages documents and supportive web sites to assist the reader in understanding concepts and elements of existing code and other proposals.  Again, this site does not reflect the official position of the Chief Arborist, the City of Dallas Building Official, or of the arborist office. 

Talking points regarding the previous ordinance are shown in GREEN while the Urban Forest Advisory Committee recommendations for amendment (based on the 2009 recommendations) are indicated in RED.  You can go to each link under Article X to read the section and commentary.  Any personal comments made on these pages (by my self or other parties) are NOT regarded as part of 'official' public debate for a city ordinance amendment.  Do not assume any comment you may make on these pages to be present in the public record. T

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                         ARTICLE X LANDSCAPE CHECKLIST
Article X Chapter 51A of the Dallas Development Code
This is the landscape and tree ordinance with minor amendments from 1994 to July 1, 2018.

                                                "Old Testament"

10.100. General.

See List of Arborist Recommended Shrubs for potential uses (NOT official).  Contact city arborist for selections.


10.120. Landscaping.



10.130. Tree Preservation, Removal and Replacement.

 






Additional related city ordinances 

    Article XIII Landscape Review Checklist (see attachments below)

Conservation Easements (also, Community Unit Development)




Guidelines established by city arborist for landscape tree designation.






- Regulations amended September 13, 2011
PD 366 - Buckner Boulevard Special Purpose District - has been amended by Council




Phase 2 in effect October 1, 2013



Chapter 52: Subchapter 11 -  Miscellaneous Contractors



Contractor information for landscapers (other than irrigation) and tree services or demolition companies who work to service or remove trees in Dallas. 

Section 1101
DEMOLITION CONTRACTOR means a person engaged in the business of site preparation, such as excavating and grading, demolition of buildings and other structures, earth moving, and land clearing for all types of sites (e.g., building, nonbuilding, mining).  This includes blasting, building demolition, foundation digging (i.e., excavation), concrete breaking and cutting for demolition, foundation drilling, and trenching. 

LANDSCAPE CONTRACTOR means a person that is engaged in the business of constructing, maintaining, repairing, installing, or subcontracting the development of landscape systems and facilities. A landscape contractor prepares and grades plots and areas of land for the installation of any architectural, horticultural, and decorative treatment or arrangement. 

TREE SERVICE CONTRACTOR means a person engaged in the business of tree service work that includes cutting, trimming, pruning, removing, grinding, or otherwise modifying established trees in accordance with the ANSI A300 Standard Practice for Trees, Shrubs, and Other Woody Plant Maintenance and the ANSI Z-133.1 Safety Standards.  (Ord. 28096) 


1102.1  General.  A contractor listed in Section 1101 who is not registered by the city may not obtain any permit required by this chapter for work defined in Section 1101.  (Ord. 28096)  [$120 fee. Application and payment in Room 118, OCMC]

1103.1 General.  To register with the city as a contractor listed in Section 1101 to perform work described in Section 1101, a person shall apply to the building inspection division in writing on forms furnished for that purpose.  The contractor may apply in person or send an agent to apply on behalf of the contractor.

1103.2 Established place of business.  Each applicant for registration shall maintain an established place of business at a permanent location.  If the established place of business is within the city, a certificate of occupancy must be secured as required in the Dallas Development Code.  (Ord. 28096) 

1106.1 Suspension or revocation. The building official shall suspend or revoke a certificate of registration granted under this subchapter if the building official finds the contractor or the contractor’s authorized agent: 

1. Obtains a certificate of registration or permit by the use of fraud or deceit; 

2. Intentionally violates a provision of this chapter; or

3. Exhibits incompetency or commits gross negligence or misconduct in the performance of construction work within the city.  (Ord. 28096) 



Communicate

  
Contact Phil Erwin directly

Comment on urban forest related issues














Amendments effective as of July 2, 2018! 

The links and text provided below are a representation of the final approved Landscape and Urban Forest Conservation ordinance passed by the City Council on June 27, 2018.  Comments and directions on this and associated web pages are provided for informational purposes to help guide citizens and customers in using the regulations.  Any additional direction or statements should not be considered official city policy or guidelines without confirmation by the Chief Arborist.  Different sites have varied conditions which may require further analysis.  Use the site wisely and ask questions if an item is not clear.




REVISED ARTICLE X LANDSCAPE CHECKLIST


Article X  Chapter 51A of the Dallas Development Code after July 1, 2018. 

"New Testament"

10.100. General.

See List of Arborist Recommended Shrubs for potential uses (NOT official).  Contact city arborist for selections.
10.107. Reserved

10.120. Landscaping.


10.130. Urban Forest Conservation.






Helpful City Information Web Pages:  PLEASE NOTE CITY WEB LINKS HAVE NOT BEEN UPDATED!!!

- Find your property and zoning.



Dallas City Attorney's Office - Web link to the City of Dallas attorney's office with access to the Dallas Development Code, including Volume 4 (Planned Developments). It also includes Public Deed Restrictions.


   




TIF's and PID's - (Economic Development)

Stormwater Mgmt. Administration

Dallas Water Utilities
Water Wise Landscaping (Dallas Water Utilities)




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